The set of “Morning Joe” blasted Laura Ingraham over her much discussed remarks about immigration on Wednesday evening, with co-host Mika Brzezinski lacing into the Fox News host in cutting terms.
“Seeing the way Laura Ingraham really tried to encapsulated her image of America,” said Brzezinski. “It is one beautiful outlook of how we have become this beautiful country versus something very trashy, very ugly and very sad.”
At the top of the program, the show played archival footage of President Ronald Reagan remarking that unlike places like France, Germany or Japan — anyone could become an American if they bought into the principles of the country.
“Watching Ronald Reagan speak that way actually brings me to tears right now,” Brzezinski added.
Scarborough — a former GOP Congressman and noted Reagan Republican — didn’t miss his opportunity to bask in the former president’s legacy.
“Ronald Reagan is so uplifting.” he said, “He had this beautiful talent to reconnect us with who were were, to remind us about that dream that was and that is America.”
The “Morning Joe” takedown shows that blowback for Ingraham’s complaints of “demographic” changes to the United States is not going away. On her show Wednesday, Ingraham said such changes were being “foisted” on the America people against their will.
“In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like,” said Ingraham.
“From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country’s changed,” she added during her widely disputed monologue. “Much of this is related to both illegal and — in some cases — legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.”
Ingraham later clarified the remarks after a swift backlash — and a stamp of a approval from David Duke.
“A message to those who are distorting my views, including all white nationalists and especially one racist freak whose name I will not even mention,” she said last night. “You do not have my support, you don’t represent my views and you are antithetical to the beliefs I hold dear.”